The official PASS Blog is where you’ll find the latest blog posts from PASS community members and the PASS Board. Contributors share their thoughts and discuss a wide variety of topics spanning PASS and the data community.

Introducing Always Encrypted with Secure Enclaves in SQL Server 2019

There are several encryption features that have been around in SQL Server for a long time. For starters, column-level encryption has been available since SQL Server 2005. This type of encryption uses either certificates or symmetric keys such that, without the required certificate or key,...

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June Board Meeting Recap

The June PASS Board meeting took place over June 18 and 19 at PASS HQ in Vancouver, BC. As the last in-person Board meeting in FY 2019 with the current Board, we had a back-to-back agenda to cover.

First up was the PASS Bylaws vote. I’d like to once again thank all of our community members who took the time to review the Bylaws, ask questions, and attend the Town Hall sessions. Your feedback helped us refine the final details of the Bylaws, which will ensure even greater representation, diversity, and expertise on our Board. After a unanimous Executive Committee vote, the Bylaws were approved and are now in affect. In line with these newly approved PASS Bylaws, John Martin was also voted in as chair of the 2019 NomCom.

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The Data platform has evolved - so too must the DBA.

Data has never been more important to organizations, and no individual has a better understanding of how to manage and ultimately harvest that data than the DBA. However, with the evolution of the Data Platform to be more self-autonomous, DBAs will be under increased pressure to prove their value.

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A Peek Inside the Program Selection Process

As one of the program managers for PASS Summit, I always wish that people knew more about all of the steps involved in selecting the community sessions each year. The difficulty of balancing all of the tradeoffs and constraints is an incredibly challenging and rewarding task. I personally like to think of it as a high stakes game of Sudoku, and in fact I will be using that analogy to help explain the process.

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Data Modernization Tour Highlights

With the Data Modernization Tour well underway, we wanted to share some of the community feedback, highlights, and photos we’ve been receiving from attendees around the world. Be sure to share your own experiences and connect with others on social media using #modernmigration and stay...

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Conquering the Chaos with Data Governance for Power BI

Many years before Power BI, there was Power Pivot. (Bonus points for you if you remember that back then that it was known as PowerPivot.) I remember attending a Birds of a Feather session at Microsoft TechEd to discuss the implications of Power Pivot with a group of data professionals. There was...

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Data, Latency, Persistent Memory, and NUMA... A Love Affair

In honor of the 20 years of PASS, I was asked to share a story on my journey throughout this Era of Data. For most of the past 25 years, SQL, Database processing, architecture design, software optimization, data management, and file systems tools have been an everyday part of my life. It...

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SQL Server Modern Migration Tour – Cleveland Edition

This blog has been reposted from its original source: http://dataperfpro.com/sql-server-modern-migration-tour-cleveland-edition/ The Modern Migration Tour came to Cleveland on Tuesday, June 4. This event was sponsored by Microsoft, Intel, and PASS to help companies...

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Successfully Managing Upwards and Getting Your Boss on Your Side Part 1

Let’s say your boss walks over to your desk one day and tells you that they recognize your hard work and contributions to the team. They tell you that you have their support on whatever project you’re currently working on, and before they walk away, their final words are, "You...

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History of PASS, Part 2: Assembling the Original Board of Directors

This blog has been reposted from its original source: https://blogs.sentryone.com/kevinkline/history-pass-part-2-assembling-original-board-directors/ Assembling the First Board of Directors for PASS Way back in the waning of the 1990s, I was the lead DBA for SQL Server at the Practice...

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